Meet the team

Your Maggie’s Centre is staffed by friendly professionals who can help you find the support you need. Their expertise is freely available to you in one-to-one sessions, workshops or supportive groups. 

Read more about our team below – and find out who they are and how they can help. 

  • Sally Hayes

    Sally Hayes

    Centre Head
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  • Samantha Richards

    Samantha Richards

    Cancer Support Specialist
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  • Gaynor Raine

    Gaynor Raine

    Cancer Support Specialist
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Sally Hayes

Centre Head

I manage the Centre, staff, volunteers and the evidenced-based support programme. I am also a cancer support specialist and offer emotional and psychological support to any visitors entering the centre or via telephone .
My clinical background is as a specialist nurse in palliative care and I look forward to welcoming you to the Centre.

Samantha Richards

Cancer Support Specialist

As well as facilitating a number of group sessions, I also spend a lot of my time speaking to people one-to-one when they have dropped into the Centre. Being able to spend time with people in this way, to help them understand what they’re going through and offer support, is the best thing about my job.

Maggie’s provides a place of calmness for anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis. Whether they are taking part in an aspect of our programme, talking to someone about their diagnosis, or simply just being around other people, Maggie’s is an inviting, safe and peaceful environment.

Gaynor Raine

Cancer Support Specialist

I am here to provide support to people coming to our centre. This can be chatting with visitors who pop in for a cup of tea or signposting people to other parts of the programme. I also see people individually, as well as facilitating groups and courses, such as Stress Management and Improving Sleep. My background is in nursing with experience in chronic pain and end of life care and helping people who have conditions that are difficult to live with.

I love working at Maggie’s as it is such a special place, providing a warm welcoming safe haven for anyone affected by cancer. As well as getting support from various members of the team , our visitors often meet other people who are facing similar challenges, and sharing their experiences together can really make a difference.  The best thing about my job is when I see people grow in strength and confidence, despite being affected by cancer and all the difficulties it brings. 

  • Claire Kempton

    Claire Kempton

    Clinical Psychologist
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  • Shalima Khan

    Shalima Khan

    Benefits Advisor
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  • Anna Mason

    Anna Mason

    Centre Fundraiser Manager
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Claire Kempton

Clinical Psychologist

A cancer diagnosis and treatment brings up so many psychological and emotional issues. I am here to support Centre visitors find ways of making sense of their experience and to find ways of coping. Often people face tremendous uncertainty, stress, (especially fears of recurrence), and loss. I offer one-to-one support, couple or family sessions and contribute to the group-based programme.  I have specialist training in Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

The thing I like best about Maggie’s is that it offers a safe haven for people at a time of great vulnerability. Being with others who understand how it is to live with cancer can make such a difference; knowing that you are not alone.

Shalima Khan

Benefits Advisor

As welfare benefits and information advisor at Maggie’s, I provide 1-1 advice and support to people with cancer and those affected by cancer around maximising their income. I provide tailored assistance for completing benefit checks, checking existing entitlements, doing better-off calculations, making new claims, completing forms, looking for and applying for grants and benefit appeals. I also help with getting other types of assistance such as blue badge, aids and adaptations, carer’s support etc.

Maggie’s is a unique environment for people affected by cancer: a hub of support and information, a calm and welcoming environment, relax and chat at the kitchen table, sit and have a cup of tea by a window or fireplace – for whatever you need on that day, at that time. 

Anna Mason

Centre Fundraiser Manager

My main focus is to raise both funds and awareness for Maggie’s Cheltenham. This involves assisting our existing supporters with their fundraising activities, as well as connecting with new supporters in the local area.

Maggie’s is important because we have the time and patience to give all the support each individual needs. Not only is the person with cancer supported, but their family and friends too. It makes all the difference in a person’s wellbeing to fight cancer.

Sally Hayes

Sally Hayes

Centre Head
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I manage the Centre, staff, volunteers and the evidenced-based support programme. I am also a cancer support specialist and offer emotional and psychological support to any visitors entering the centre or via telephone .
My clinical background is as a specialist nurse in palliative care and I look forward to welcoming you to the Centre.

Samantha Richards

Samantha Richards

Cancer Support Specialist
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As well as facilitating a number of group sessions, I also spend a lot of my time speaking to people one-to-one when they have dropped into the Centre. Being able to spend time with people in this way, to help them understand what they’re going through and offer support, is the best thing about my job.

Maggie’s provides a place of calmness for anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis. Whether they are taking part in an aspect of our programme, talking to someone about their diagnosis, or simply just being around other people, Maggie’s is an inviting, safe and peaceful environment.

Gaynor Raine

Gaynor Raine

Cancer Support Specialist
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I am here to provide support to people coming to our centre. This can be chatting with visitors who pop in for a cup of tea or signposting people to other parts of the programme. I also see people individually, as well as facilitating groups and courses, such as Stress Management and Improving Sleep. My background is in nursing with experience in chronic pain and end of life care and helping people who have conditions that are difficult to live with.

I love working at Maggie’s as it is such a special place, providing a warm welcoming safe haven for anyone affected by cancer. As well as getting support from various members of the team , our visitors often meet other people who are facing similar challenges, and sharing their experiences together can really make a difference.  The best thing about my job is when I see people grow in strength and confidence, despite being affected by cancer and all the difficulties it brings. 

Claire Kempton

Claire Kempton

Clinical Psychologist
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A cancer diagnosis and treatment brings up so many psychological and emotional issues. I am here to support Centre visitors find ways of making sense of their experience and to find ways of coping. Often people face tremendous uncertainty, stress, (especially fears of recurrence), and loss. I offer one-to-one support, couple or family sessions and contribute to the group-based programme.  I have specialist training in Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).

The thing I like best about Maggie’s is that it offers a safe haven for people at a time of great vulnerability. Being with others who understand how it is to live with cancer can make such a difference; knowing that you are not alone.

Shalima Khan

Shalima Khan

Benefits Advisor
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As welfare benefits and information advisor at Maggie’s, I provide 1-1 advice and support to people with cancer and those affected by cancer around maximising their income. I provide tailored assistance for completing benefit checks, checking existing entitlements, doing better-off calculations, making new claims, completing forms, looking for and applying for grants and benefit appeals. I also help with getting other types of assistance such as blue badge, aids and adaptations, carer’s support etc.

Maggie’s is a unique environment for people affected by cancer: a hub of support and information, a calm and welcoming environment, relax and chat at the kitchen table, sit and have a cup of tea by a window or fireplace – for whatever you need on that day, at that time. 

Anna Mason

Anna Mason

Centre Fundraiser Manager
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My main focus is to raise both funds and awareness for Maggie’s Cheltenham. This involves assisting our existing supporters with their fundraising activities, as well as connecting with new supporters in the local area.

Maggie’s is important because we have the time and patience to give all the support each individual needs. Not only is the person with cancer supported, but their family and friends too. It makes all the difference in a person’s wellbeing to fight cancer.